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PhD studentship in compression properties of hierarchical nanostructured composites

  • Full or part time
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    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Imperial College and the University of Bristol, have been jointly award a major programme grant (£6m), by EPSRC, to fundamentally redesign high performance composite materials. This “NextCOMP” programme focusses on the challenge of improving the absolute performance of composites in compression, both to address practical limitations of current materials, and as a demonstration of the value of quantitative hierarchical materials design. The work will develop and embed structure at every lengthscale from the molecules of the matrix, to the lay-up of final components, using new constituents and new architectures, designed within a new analytical framework. The programme will benefit from a highly creative and interdisciplinary approach amongst the core project term, amplified by contributions from leading international advisors and collaborators. An extensive group of industrial partners will contribute to the project, and help to develop the outputs, building on concept demonstrators designed during the programme.

As part of this team, we are seeking to appoint a PhD student to develop bioinspired/hierarchical composite materials for enhanced compressive properties. The ideal candidate will be a highly creative experimental materials scientist/engineer, with a good understanding of materials chemistry, composite materials, and composite theory. They will be able to contribute to idea generation, and new ways of looking at composite materials. This position will be based at Imperial College, under the lead supervision of Prof Milo Shaffer, and will be co-supervised by Prof Ian Hamerton, at the University of Bristol.

Informal enquiries and requests for additional information for this post can be made to: Prof Milo Shaffer via email:

Project available until filled.

Funding Notes

You should have, or expect to receive, a 1st/2:1 in your first degree in an experimental physical science/engineering, with an emphasis on materials chemistry, materials science, or composites engineering. Essential experience will include both knowledge of composite materials and natural/synthetic chemistry/materials science.

The studentship is for 3.5 years, starting in October 2020, and will provide full coverage of tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend of approximately £16,000. It is open to UK students, or EU students with an appropriate UK connection.

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